Monday, November 21, 2016

Evolution, by James C. Glass

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(Robot SF) In which we learn about 10,000 years of robot progress, much of it unexpected. (3,139 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Evolution," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 12|16, published on by .

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Pro: Probably the best thing about this story is the Asimov references. For example, the teaching robot is teaching a boy named "Robi," and Asimov's first robot story was Robbie the Robot. The robot is helping him with fractions, which is what the machine is teaching Margie in The Fun They Had. The little boy at the end is named "Andrew," which was the robot who wanted to be human in The Bicentennial Man.

Con: The cause of extinction of humanity isn't very believable, nor is the robots' ultimate success in resurrecting the human race.

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